We've just had a mini heatwave here in southern Snowdonia so some of our guests have been making good use of our field, playing football, rounders and generally lazing around outside in the sunshine, while families have been venturing to the local beaches, building sandcastles and catching crabs off Aberdyfi pier.
So...... our thoughts turn to summer holidays and what to do around north west Wales whether the weather is hot and sunny or not.
For the more adventurous holidaymaker you're lost for choice this year.
In nearby Aberdyfi is a company called Coastriders, www.coastriders.co.uk which runs courses in kitesurfing, kite buggies, land buggying, paddleboarding and more.
Just up the road in Coed y Brenin you can experience the adrenalin rush of hurtling downhill on a mountain bike on trails of varying difficulty, or negotiate the high tree top obstacle course at Go Ape. For the not so adventurous there's an excellent café, visitor's centre and children's playground, or you can volunteer to be the official photographer for the rest of your party!
If you prefer to get a little bit wet then why not try white-water rafting just outside Bala, where there are grade 2-3 rapids (with one grade 4 rapid) on the Lower river and grade 3+/4 rapids on the Upper river. www.balawatersports.com
Blaenau Ffestiniog is a mere 40 minute drive away , where you can find the brand new Bounce Below , www.bouncebelow.net , which is the world's first subterranean playground and also Zip World, www.zipworld.co.uk which has the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere. Many of our guests have experienced both of these and loved them!
There are also more downhill mountain bike trails at nearby Antur Stiniog.
If that's not enough for you and want to try something new then in the summer of 2015 Surf Snowdonia , www.surfsnowdonia.co.uk will open at Dolgarrog in the Conwy Valley. This will be the only artificial surfing facility in the UK and newcomers to the sport will be able to have tuition in a controlled environment from qualified surfing teachers, while experienced surfers will be able to surf all year round, with guaranteed surf.
Of course you can always go surfing for free off many beaches around our coastline including, Aberdyfi, Tywyn and Black Rock Sands.
All sounds too much effort? Then just relax on Pentre Bach's (www.pentrebach.com ) patio with a large glass of red and watch out for dolphins passing by out in the bay ;0)